After a $45 million renovation, the former UC business building became the home of the law school

The University of Cincinnati College of Law has taken up a new home on Martin Luther King Drive, on the site of the university’s former business school building. Officials held a grand opening for the law school on Monday, now that the $45.6 million renovation project is complete.

“Our new building embodies the college’s focus on the future while embracing our historic past,” Verna Williams, Dean of the College of Law, said in a press release. Williams quits college to be a CEO Equal justice works in Washington, DC This is his last week on campus. “We are proud of this facility and invite the UC community to join us in celebrating this new addition to our beautiful campus.”

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Several donors have contributed to the project, including alumni and community partners whose names are displayed in the new facility. The building’s atrium is named for Peck, Shaffer & Williams LLP, the former UC alumni firm HC Buck Niehoff which contributed $500,000 to the project. Another $500,000 donation from the Cincinnati law firm Dinsmore & Shohl LLP went to the facility’s multipurpose room.

“Dinsmore views the College of Law as a strategic resource for the entire community,” Dinsmore Managing Partner and President George Vincent said in a press release.

There’s also the Honorable Sandra S. Beckwith Courtroom, the school’s main mock trial courtroom named for a 1968 UC College of Law graduate and the first woman to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. One of Beckwith’s former comrades donated $500,000 for the project.

According to the university, two donations of $250,000 also helped establish the James B. Helmer Jr. Classroom Class of 1975 and the Victor E. Schwartz Law Review Suite.

The law school moved into new premises in August after a year and a half of construction, according to the university. The contractor for the project is Skanska, an international construction and development company and one of Greater Cincinnati’s largest general contractors. Global design firm Perkins & Will and Cincinnati-based BHDP Architecture served as the architects for the project.

The renovation of the faculty of law was approved by UC administrators five years ago. The Lindner College of Business moved into a new building in 2019.

The new University of Cincinnati Law School, in numbers

Aerial view of the newly renovated University of Cincinnati Law School.  Martin Luther King Drive is on the opposite side of the building, which housed UC's Lindner College of Business.

The college is home to more than 400 law students and nearly 80 faculty and staff, according to a university press release.

The new building includes:

  • A $45.6 million renovation.
  • Nearly 117,000 square feet.
  • Six stories.
  • 23 classrooms, seminar rooms and private study rooms.
  • Several study spaces for individuals and groups.
  • A two-story lobby and a terrace on the second floor.

Michael Whiteman, associate dean of library services and director of the law library, will become acting dean of the law school once Williams leaves later this week.

“Our new building with state-of-the-art amenities will allow UC Law to continue to leverage our legal partnership with regional and national businesses, law firms, and nonprofit organizations that are making a difference in our world,” Whiteman said in the press release. , noting the students’ work in local start-ups, on domestic violence cases, and through the Ohio Innocence Project. “We attract the best students, faculty and staff and our new facility will help us showcase the talent of the university.”